COVID-19 Coronavirus Response


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To mitigate workplace exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus, all public facilities including City Hall, Municipal Transfer Station, Community Center, athletic fields. tennis and basketball courts, and playgrounds are closed until further notice. 

While the City Hall building is closed, staff will continue to conduct business operations. Contact information for city departments is available through the staff directory or by calling 908-277-9400.

The City of Summit continues to take proactive measures—following the guidance of public health and government agencies—to safeguard the health and safety of our community. This page is updated daily and contains links to more detailed information, including community, state and national resources. 

Statistics as of Friday, April 10, 2020

Total number of positive cases in Summit, NJ: 94
Total number of positive cases in New Jersey: 54,588
Total number of positive cases in Union County: 5,575
Total number of deaths in New Jersey: 1,932
Total number of deaths in Union County: 161

NJ COVID Information Hub

What You Need to Know


Online tool to answer questions for business impacted by COVID-19

April 10, 2020 - The NJ Business Action Center (NJBAC), in partnership with the NJEDA and the Office of Innovation, have set up a special website with a live chat feature to answer business questions related to COVID-19. The website is


NJMVC closed through April 27, online options available

April 10, 2020 - New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced today that the closure of all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency, road testing, and inspections facilities is again being extended as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The closures, which had been extended through Sunday, April 12, will now continue until April 27.


Frequently asked questions by New Jersey workers during the COVID-19 emergency

Provides useful information on unemployment benefits, insurance and eligibility, paid leave, family leave and more. View FAQs here.

Scam alert

Combatting COVID-19 coronavirus scams and fraud

April 9, 2020 - Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams.The US Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis, and has established hotlines by phone at 866-720-5721 or email to combat COVID-19 coronavirus fraud, as well as acts of hoarding and price gouging. For more information:


Executive Order 122 impacts construction and essential retail

April 9, 2020 - Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. The order also outlines specific protections and policies for all essential retail, manufacturing, and warehousing businesses, as well as businesses engaged in essential construction projects.


Primary elections postponed to Tuesday, July 7

April 8, 2020 - Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 120, postponing primary elections on Tuesday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 7th in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the 25th District of the New Jersey Legislature, and county and municipal elections, as well as county committee elections.

State of emergency

New Jersey public health state of emergency has been extended. 

April 8, 2020 - On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 7, Governor Murphy extended the public health state of emergency for an additional 30 days.This public health state of emergency may be extended until a determination is made that an emergency no longer exists.

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Community raising money to support local small businesses in Summit impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak

April 7, 2020 - Mayor Nora Radest (video message) in partnership with The Summit Foundation and Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) has established the Sustain Summit Fund, an emergency assistance grant program. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. 

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CDC Recommends Wearing Face Masks in Public 

April 4, 2020 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  recommends people wear cloth or fabric face coverings when making essential trips into public spaces. Recommendation to wear masks in public is voluntary and will help prevent people who are asymptomatic with COVID-19 from spreading the infection. CDC recommends constructing your own cloth mask to help ensure access by doctors and nurses to medical-grade surgical or N95 masks amid a widespread shortage of personal protective equipment.


Information and resources for NJ Businesses impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak

March 31, 2020 - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has created an information hub to stabilize and support local businesses impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.View flyer 

Drive thru screening

Drive thru screening open for Union County residents 

March 30, 2020 - Union County residents, first responders and health care workers with COVID-19 symptoms advised to call 908-373-5105 to speak with a triage nurse (no walk-ins admitted). When appointment scheduled, proceed to drive thru testing center. No prescription or doctor’s visit required. More information

COVID-19 Instructions

Instructions and next steps following a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 

March 30, 2020 - The Westfield Regional Health Department is providing guidance on what to do next following a positive test result for COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Federal social distancing guidelines extended through April 30

March 29, 2020 - President Trump announced that Americans must continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars and restaurants, or gathering in groups of more than 10 for at least another month and perhaps until June.


CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory

CDC urges NJ, NY and CT residents to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health, financial services, and food supply. CDC Media Statement


Summit Police enforcing social distancing

March 28, 2020 - Summit Police Department is enforcing social distancing guidelines critical to containing COVID-19 virus by dispersing small groups of people on streets and in public spaces. Enforcement measures in response to observed lack of compliance to State of NJ emergency order.  Full news release              

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NJ Dept of Health guidance for entering essential  businesses

March 27, 2020 - If you must leave home to access essential goods, go at non-peak times, keep distance from other customers, keep visits brief, and go alone if possible. When shopping and standing in line, keep six feet between customrs and staff. Individuals with symptoms such as fever or a cough, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or undergoing quarantine for potential exposure, should not enter a retail store.

New Jersey podiumGovernor Murphy announces statewide stay at home order, closing all non-essential retail businesses

March 21, 2020 - Only critical businesses may remain open. All other retail businesses must close, businesses must move to 100% work-from-home if possible. Public ordered to stay at home. All gatherings canceled. Info on businesses allowed to stay open.

8113_8633866573_850f95c349Summit Public Schools to offer meals to all Summit residents under age 18

March 20, 2020 - All residents under the age of 18 regardless of their school or eligibility in Free/Reduced Meal Programs are eligible for breakfast and lunch “grab-and-go” meals at pick-up locations at Summit High School and Jefferson School from 8AM to 10AM daily. Click here for more info. 

UnknownImportant tax appeal filing deadline extensions

March 20, 2020 - Important information from the Supreme Court of New Jersey for corporate and residential taxpayers on property tax appeal filing deadlines in New Jersey: Deadlines to file county tax board and state tax court appeals for corporate and residential property has been extended to May 1, 2020 or 30 days following a determination by the Governor of the State of New Jersey to end the existing State of Emergency.

Summit downtown(1)Designated Parking Spaces in Downtown Summit for Curbside Pickup

March 20, 2020 - In a combined effort to support local businesses, the City of Summit Parking Services Agency is working with Summit Downtown Inc. to provide designated parking spaces in downtown Summit to facilitate curbside pickup of items ordered by customers from businesses either online or by telephone.

“During this challenging time, it is important to do everything we can to help and sustain our local businesses,” explains Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “Creating designated parking spots that will turnover quickly will hopefullyencourage people to order takeout and shop in our downtown while maintaining safe social distancing.”

Designated parking spaces will be indicated by signs reading, “Curbside Pickup Only” and are reserved for patronsof businesses offering this service. If a vehicle is parked in a curbside pickup space for more than 15 minutes, it may be issued a parking violation.